Save our oceans

Pick up three pieces of trash whenever you visit a beach

Pick up three pieces of trash whenever you visit a beach

Commit to picking up three pieces of trash whenever you visit the beach. Fortunately — and unfortunately — it will probably take you less than a minute. Consider it a sun and sand tax, and make it a habit to leave the beach cleaner than you found it. Attend a beach cleanup. You can hang out with new friends afterwards and bask in the sun and the knowledge that the beach is cleaner than when you arrived.   Photo by Mireiabb

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The return of a major food fish has brought whales and larger fish back to New York waters

The return of a major food fish has brought whales and larger fish back to New York waters

Whale sightings from New York beaches became common after the menhaden catch was limited.  The return of a major food fish has brought whales and larger fish back to New York waters, but conservation groups fear factory ships may reverse those gains. Seven years ago, fishery managers sharply limited commercial fishing of menhaden - or bunker fish - in Atlantic coastal waters. Menhaden are harvested to make pet food, fertilizer and fish oil. But according to Carl LoBue, New York Ocean Program director at The Nature Conservancy, the limit has been raised three times since then, and now is higher than...

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THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR OCEANS

Climate change

THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND OUR OCEANS

We’re facing the biggest environmental challenge our generation has ever seen. No matter what we’re passionate about, something we care about will be affected by climate change. Over the past 150 years, we’ve changed the balance of our planet by living beyond our means. We’ve burnt huge amounts of fossil fuels (such as coal, oil, gas), bred huge amounts of methane- producing livestock and cut down vast swathes of forests, which would naturally absorb carbon dioxide from the air. CLIMATE CHANGE AND OCEANS Oceans are vital ‘carbon sinks’, meaning that they absorb huge amounts of carbon dioxide, preventing it from...

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Why we need to protect our oceans and reduce the amount of trash in our oceans

Why we need to protect our oceans and reduce the amount of trash in our oceans

Oceans generate half of the oxygen we breathe and, at any given moment, they contain more than 97% of the world's water. Oceans provide at least a sixth of the animal protein people eat. Living oceans absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and reduce climate change impacts. Reduce the Amount of Garbage You Produce and Clean Up Trash You See On the Beach. Sea turtles can become tangled in plastic and trash both on the shore and in the water. Discarded items such as fishing lines, balloons and plastic bags may also be confused for food and eaten by sea turtles, often resulting in injury...

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Enjoy the ocean and leave only footprints

Enjoy the ocean and leave only footprints

These three ways help save our oceans Enjoy the ocean. Walk barefoot on the beach. Take your children to the beach. Go for a swim. Learn to surf.  Only buy or order sustainable seafood, and urge your fishmonger or seafood restaurant to do the same. Always say no to shark fin soup and boycott any restaurant serving it.  Don’t litter Take home your garbage, pick up litter, don’t drop plastic and don’t leave fishing lines behind, they strangle marine life. Take only photos, leave only footprints. Enjoy the beach, but don’t take or buy any marine life, including shells or starfish. They are much...

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